I had seen the movie many times prior to reading the combined volumes that make up the novel. With that knowing those movie players fit into the story very well and seemed to help me read faster. (This is a big help since I don't read quickly and usually end up with some large gaps in time to read.) And true to the case with most novels that go to the screen there are some pieces left behind and only to be found between the pages. I was pleased with high percentage of dialog that identical in the both versions, all the way down to the accents on words and shortening of phases. I really liked this book but thought it wasn't great. Another wonderful story and venture outside of our regular daily life's with characters that you think you could see on the streets tomorrow they are so clear and defined. Some mystery, humor, sadness, excitement, real life situations you can relate to, some mystical imagination moments, just what a good story/author creates.